By Mike Steffanos
Mets 6 - Braves 5
Like a cat with a mouse, the ghosts of Shea Stadium are playing a cruel game with the Braves. What can we do to make you guys think you have a chance? I know, we'll remove the Mets starter with an injury while your alleged ace is on the mound. Snicker, snicker... Hey, let that first baseman with the big beak and the tiny batting average hit a home run to put them up 3-2. Look at them celebrate! Wink, wink...
The Mets comeback in the bottom of the seventh was keyed by Jose Valentine and the Comeback Kid, a.k.a Kaz Matsui. What more do you need to know?
When Willie Randolph gave Jorge Julio the ball in the ninth, he gave him detailed instructions:
Julio: No worry, skip, I strike 3 of these clowns out and we all go get drunk.
Willie: No Jorge, I want you to give up a walk and a couple of hits and make them think they have a chance.
Julio: I don't understand...
Willie: Remember when I told you you're time is going to come? Trust me. Do what I tell you and the fresh toasted subs are on me, and I'll personally pour the first gallon of Tequila into you. I want to make these bastards suffer a little more.
The rest is, as they say, history.
The Mets are 21-9, 12 games over .500. The third place Braves are 12-18 and 9 games back.
It's Lima Time tomorrow afternoon at 1:10, and all the pressure is on the Braves. Who'd have thunk it?
Sorry for a short post. I have a commitment for this afternoon that I have to rush off to, but couldn't resist a little gloating.